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, Volume 79, Issue 9–10, pp 616–617 | Cite as

Yoga Culture: From Oppression Toward Liberation

Yoga, the Body, and Embodied Social Change: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis. Edited by Beth Berila, Melanie Klein, and Chelsea Jackson Roberts, London, UK, Lexington Books, 2016. 348 pp. $100.00 (hardcover). ISBN: 978–1498528023
  • Alanna Wurm
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Yoga, the Body, and Embodied Social Change: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis,edited by Beth Berila, Melanie Klein, and Chelsea Jackson Roberts, presents an analysis of yoga practice and culture in the United States. The editors adopted an intersectional feminist lens through which to view this complex and contradictory phenomenon. The anthology addresses the contemporary issues that face this ancient practice from a broad range of standpoints and across a number of themes. The collection is divided into three sections: inclusion/exclusion in yoga spaces; the intersection of yoga, body image, and standards of beauty; and yoga as individual and collective liberation. Despite these differing vantage points, a common thread runs through each essay—namely that the commercialisation and commodification of yoga has ostracised those who may most benefit from yoga practice. In addition to this critical analysis, the authors propose ways in which the destructive elements of yoga culture can...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.London School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK

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